Bess T. Shepherd, East Lake Elementary Win Annenberg Grants

PEF And HCDE Partner With The Leonore Annenberg School Fund For Children To Award $100,000

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
 Students in the “Leader in Me” program are excited to use Chromebooks in their leadership studies.
Students in the “Leader in Me” program are excited to use Chromebooks in their leadership studies.

In partnership with Hamilton County Department of Education, PEF announced two grants totaling $100,000 from the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children to Bess T. Shepherd Elementary and East Lake Elementary on Friday at celebrations in each school. 

Bess T. Shepherd will use grant funds to extend a skill-building leadership program to all students during the 2014-15 school year.  Principal Valerie Brown said, “We began our ‘Leader in Me’ program last year and could only offer the program to 44 students, even though over 200 wanted to participate. With this generous grant, we will be able to develop 21st century technology, problem-solving, and analytical skills in all of our students.”

East Lake Elementary has purchased Chromebooks with their Annenberg grant for third, fourth, and fifth grade students to expand the availability of devices as part of Hamilton County’s 1:1 technology initiative in the East Lake feeder pattern. “Our teachers are excited to integrate technology at the elementary level and our students will be more prepared for middle school and engaged in their work,” said Principal Joyce Lancaster.

This is the fifth consecutive year the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children has invested in Hamilton County elementary schools. “Leonore Annenberg was committed to improving the lives of children, particularly those who, with support, will become leaders of the next generation,” says PEF President Dan Challener. “These grants certainly underscore the heart of her mission to provide students resources to help them shine brightly. We are honored to work with Bess T. Shepherd and East Lake to make their visions for students a reality and are incredibly thankful for the generosity of The Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children.”

In total, the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children has given over $750,000 to support elementary schools in Chattanooga, including book nooks in every classroom at Hillcrest, a visual and multimedia art studio at Hardy, a new science lab and playground at Calvin Donaldson, and a multimedia library at Rivermont.

The Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, provides educational resources of immediate and direct value to schools serving children with great need.  Visit www.leonoreannenbergscholarships.org for more information.
From left, Assistant Principal Nikki Bailey, District 7 Councilman Chris Anderson, HCDE Elementary Operations Director Karen Hollis, Principal Joyce Lancaster, PEF Board Chair Jim Hill, PEF President Dan Challener, and HCDE Superintendent Rick Smith with East Lake students and their new Chromebooks.
From left, Assistant Principal Nikki Bailey, District 7 Councilman Chris Anderson, HCDE Elementary Operations Director Karen Hollis, Principal Joyce Lancaster, PEF Board Chair Jim Hill, PEF President Dan Challener, and HCDE Superintendent Rick Smith with East Lake students and their new Chromebooks.

Cleveland State's Continuing Education Department Announces Fall Line Up

The Department of Continuing Education at Cleveland State Community College has a new line up of classes for fall. The upcoming classes are as follows:   ?         Beginning Microsoft Excel This beginning Microsoft Excel course is designed to help individuals gain basic skills in working and implementing Excel software ... (click for more)

Rising McCallie Senior Participates In Bank Of America Summer Leadership Program

McCallie rising senior Tahir Murray was one of about 200 students selected to participate in a national leadership program sponsored by Bank of America.  The Student Leaders Program, part of Bank of America’s Summer Youth Employment initiative, recognizes about 200 community-minded students each year by connecting them to employment, skills development and service.  ... (click for more)

SEC Freezes Accounts Of 2 Chattanooga Brokers Accused Of Diverting $5 Million Raised From Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday announced it has won a court-ordered asset freeze to halt an ongoing fraud by two former Chattanooga brokers with disciplinary histories who allegedly raised more than $5 million from investors without using the money as promised.  In an emergency action filed in Federal Court in Chattanooga, the SEC alleges that James Hugh ... (click for more)

Downtown Landmark The James Building Sold For The 2nd Time In 2 Years

A longtime downtown Chattanooga landmark, the James Building, has been sold just two years after trading hands. The former owners of Rivermont Golf and Country Club bought the 12-story office building in May 2014 from Luken Holdings for $5.1 million. Rivermont James Building LLC has now sold the skyscraper for $5,868,000. The sale was to Dew James LLC. Knoxville attorney ... (click for more)

America Is The Main Issue - And Response (4)

Many get tired of hearing this, but to stay at home on election day, vote Libertarian, or write in your favorite candidate, will insure that the issues of Libertarians and other points of view, will never be solved in your lifetime. Hillary Clinton's Supreme Court appointments will continue Obama's destruction for many years to come. I fully understand that Donald Trump may ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Hot Cars And Stuff

As of Friday afternoon, there was a one-year-old girl in Birmingham clinging to her life after she was absent-mindedly left in a parked car this week. With an outside temperature in the mid-90s, it is estimated the inside temperature in a locked automobile will be over 140 degrees so please know our Good Samaritan laws give you “a free pass” to bash a window out if you see an infant ... (click for more)